I have a very basic home theater system that consists of a Sony STR-DE997 receiver, coupled to a Sony DVP-NS775V DVD player. I have 6 aging speakers from the Pro Logic days (old JBL towers & rears and 10" powered sub) and plan on upgrading them soon (Infinity Alpha, Paradigm, Velodyne, etc) This is a beginning point, I have all level 2 monster cable connections, all video connections are Component Video, and all audio connections (minus the cable box) are Optical. I have a very short and very expensive (THX cert.) Monster Optical to the DVD player, and a cheap, but longer Monster Optical to my X-box. I plan on upgrading the receiver sometime after I aquire new speakers and a new TV and to also upgrade the cables, such as the X-box optical. I Plan on upgrading to Denon, Sony ES, or Lexicon. I do not see a need for Marantz, Krell, or any of that "cost more than my car" shit. Besides.. I am a Sony consumer whore! ok, back to subject.. The Sony only allows Coax digital output on the DVD selector, so I assigned a misc Optical port to Video 1 and tagged it Sony DVD (you can name them) but i'd rather the DVD player be on it's selective port. And I was unaware until today that SACD does not output to any digital port (Coax/Opt). My Sony only outputs SACD on 5.1 Analog. Does this hold true for other DVD players, or is it just my shitty Sony one? And finally, which connection is the best? I always thought Optical was best, and some say Coax is better, and then finally some people tell me 5.1 Multi-Channel (Analog) is the absolute best, above both Optical and Coax.. So which is it? - Optical, being that it is immune to RFI/EMI - Digital Coax - 5.1 Analog (using 6 RCA-like cables) Thanks!